Serve Locally, Transform Regionally, Lead Globally

Epsilon Theta Chapter has been issued a call by the current STTI President to Serve Locally, Transform Regionally, and Lead Globally. As a chapter will a long history of serving the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing and the surrounding community. Our vision is to continue to work with our members and our community  uphold the honor society's mission of advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service.

What's New from STTI? 

Presidential Call to Action

Please follow this link to the webpage with a video of STTI President Hester Klopper's Call to Action presented at the 42nd Annual Biennial Convention in 2013. http://www.nursingsociety.org/aboutus/board/Pages/bio_klopper.aspx
Submit a Nomination for International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame
The International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame is one of STTI's International Awards for Nursing Excellence. Since 2010, STTI has been inducting nurse researchers who have achieved significant and sustained broad national and/or international recognition for their work; and whose research has impacted the profession and the people it serves.  


All active STTI members are eligible. STTI Board of Directors, STTI staff, STTI consultants and contracted staff, and members of the judging committee are not eligible and cannot support nominations. To find out more, visit the link:


What's New on the Epsilon Theta Circle?

Join us as we celebrate the holiday season and our NEW MEMBERS! You are invited to the Epsilon Theta Chapter Holiday Party, Thursday, December 18 from 6-7:30 at UT School of Nursing (1.112). Each member in attendance may bring one guest if they wish (please indicate on your RSVP whether or not you are +1).

In addition to celebrating our new members, we will be wrapping up our donations drive for the Family Wellness Center. Help us give back and support this vital organization. Each person in attendance is encouraged to bring either one item below or $5 as a donation. Requested items are: diabetic socks, dental hygiene kits (floss, toothbrush, toothpaste), or hygiene kits (shampoo, wipes, etc.)

Please RSVP to Megan Pfitzinger (mpfitzinger@mail.nur.utexas.edu) by Tuesday, December 16 at 5 pm. We look forward to seeing you on Thursday. Happy Holidays.

Check out our FALL 2014 Chapter Newsletter!

Donations Drive for Family Wellness Center- All During the Month of October and November
In order to meet the President's call to action, we have decided to hold a donations drive to benefit the Family Wellness Center, supported by the UT Austin School of Nursing. Donations can be sent directly to the Family Wellness Center or given to Dr. Elizabeth Loika at the UT School of Nursing. Per the Family Wellness Center, the following items are needed:

-The diabetes program would like several sets of cheap measuring cups to demonstrate portion size. 
-They also requested several packages of tear-off sheets that are examples of Carb Counting (web address and item numbers provided)
-They would also like plastic fruits, etc. to show portion sizes, discuss calories, etc.
-Diabetic socks are a great help, especially in the winter
-Dental care packages with floss, toothpaste and a toothbrush are always great
-Personal Hygiene kits with shampoo, wipes, etc. are another option
-The big ticket items would be $$ that we could put towards buying blood glucose testing strips, or Medical Alert bracelets.


Click on the Quick Links on the right to find out more about us and see pictures from recent events!

Founder's Day Tea Highlights
Thank you to everyone who attended the Founder's Day Tea. Please click the link below to see pictures from the event.

Janis Carelock Excellence in Teaching Award and Scholarship


In August 2013, the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing lost a premiere educator, Janis Carelock, after a courageous five year battle with cancer. During her tenure at The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing, Janis conveyed a passion for nursing and a determination to mold her students to be the best nurse possible. She was incredibly dedicated to her students and motivated them to achieve a level of nursing expertise that they themselves never thought possible.

Students often said that Janis was warm and caring, while also a little bit intimidating due to her intellect, incredible knowledge, and wealth of nursing experience. Even during her fight with cancer, Janis remained a dedicated educator, recording podcasts of her lectures from her hospital bed so that students would not fall behind on their learning. Any of Janis’ students will say that she was incredibly influential in helping them to become the nurse they are today. Her death marked a sad time for untold numbers of UT Nursing students, alumni, and faculty.

The Epsilon Theta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing wanted to honor the significant contribution Janis made to the nursing education by creating an Excellence in Teaching Award and a scholarship named in Janis’ honor.

The Excellence in Teaching Award will be presented to a faculty member at The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing who, by student nomination, has proven themselves to be a dedicated and exemplary educator. Similarly, in order to acknowledge Janis’ unfailing commitment to her students, a scholarship fund has been created that will be awarded annually to a student member of STTI who demonstrates strong academic merit and a commitment to pursuing a career in nursing education.

In order to maximize the benefit of the Janis Carelock Scholarship, the Board of Directors of the Epsilon Theta Chapter is asking for donations that will be added to the scholarship fund. Our intention is that the scholarship will be a permanent award granted to one outstanding student annually.

If you or someone you know was strongly impacted by Janis, either as a student or professional, we ask that you please consider giving to this fund. We also ask that you widely distribute information about this call for contributions.

Please submit your donations in check form, made out to Epsilon Theta. Checks can be delivered to the front desk at the School of Nursing or sent via mail to: Linda Yoder, Treasurer, Epsilon Theta Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing, 1710 Red River, Austin, TX 78701

Thank you for helping us to memorialize Janis and to continue influencing the lives of students and recognizing dedicated educators in her honor.



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